What’s New To Do In October & Halloween 2022 For Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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The Halloween season has officially begun during October 2022 in Animal Crossing: New Horizons today with pumpkins on display throughout the game this month!

In this article, we’ll cover absolutely everything noteworthy to enjoy during October 2022 and Halloween 2022 in Animal Crossing: New Horizons including events, limited time seasonal items, new creatures to catch, and more.

Collect Spooky Set Halloween Items

During the entire month of October, you can celebrate the Halloween season in Animal Crossing: New Horizons with a special collection of pumpkin-themed Spooky Set items!

As the newest addition to enjoy during 2022, the Spooky Cookies item was introduced with the Version 2.0 update released in November 2021. You can ‘craft’ this item using the Cooking feature, and this will be the first time it can be unlocked by real-time players.

Some other Halloween items include the Spooky Treats Basket, Spooky Tree, and Spooky Trick Lamp to name a few that were most recently added in a Summer 2021 update to the game:

Spooky Treats Basket - Orange

Spooky Treats Basket

Spooky Treats Basket - Yellow

Spooky Treats Basket

Spooky Treats Basket - Green

Spooky Treats Basket

Spooky Treats Basket - Monochrome

Spooky Treats Basket

Spooky Tree - Orange

Spooky Tree

Spooky Tree - Yellow

Spooky Tree

Spooky Tree - Green

Spooky Tree

Spooky Tree - Monochrome

Spooky Tree

Spooky Trick Lamp - Orange

Spooky Trick Lamp

Spooky Trick Lamp - Yellow

Spooky Trick Lamp

Spooky Trick Lamp - Green

Spooky Trick Lamp

Spooky Trick Lamp - Monochrome

Spooky Trick Lamp


In total, there are 20 different Halloween-themed Spooky Set items that you can collect in Animal Crossing: New Horizons throughout October including the incredible Spooky Arch, Spooky Carriage, Spooky Fence, and Spooky Tower.

Spooky Set items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons can be obtained in a few different ways, which can be summarized as one or more of the following options:

  • Buy Spooky Set items in the special seasonal slot at Nook’s Cranny, found in the bottom left corner of the store.
  • Unlock Spooky Set DIY Crafting Recipes from villagers, balloon presents, and message in a bottles.
  • Give Halloween Candy and Lollipops to villagers or Jack during the Halloween Night event on October 31st.

Follow our complete Halloween Spooky Set guide here for details on every item, and how to get them all!

Day Of The Dead Seasonal Item

The Day Of The Dead seasonal event is celebrated in Animal Crossing: New Horizons from October 25h to November 3rd in 2022. These dates are the same for every other year as well.

During this time, players can pick up the special Marigold Decoration item from the Seasonal tab of Nook Shopping’s Special Goods section. It’s a great way to celebrate this beloved Mexican holiday!

Here’s the official event description from Nintendo:

Celebrated mainly in Mexico, this festive event honors the deceased with parades, decorated graves, and skeleton costumes. Marigolds are thought to help the deceased find their way back from the afterlife.

Buy Halloween Candy & Pumpkin Starts

Throughout the month of October, be sure to visit Nook’s Cranny to find special Halloween Candy for sale inside the cabinet each and every day up until Halloween Night on October 31st!

By collecting this candy prior to Halloween, you’ll be able to have an easier time on October 31st by putting it to use during the special event with Jack.

Plus, you can also purchase Pumpkin Starts from Nook’s Cranny during the month of October too. This isn’t particularly interesting as they can already be obtained in other ways throughout the year, but October is the best time to enjoy growing Pumpkins on your island and availability at Nook’s Cranny makes it a little easier.

Buy Halloween Costumes

If you wish to be as well dressed as possible for the upcoming Halloween Night event held on October 31st later in the month, don’t forget to frequently check the Able Sisters and Kicks for essential Halloween spooky apparel in the run up to Halloween!

Plus, during the actual event on October 31st, you’ll be able to add two additional items called Jack’s Robe and Jack’s Face to your collection of fashion options by taking part in the event!

Halloween Night Event On October 31st

Finally, you don’t want to miss the finale of Halloween season with the proper event taking place in the evening on October 31st in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! The fun begins at 5PM local time on your island running all the way until Midnight.

During this event, the atmosphere gets spooky as villagers put on fun costumes looking to trick or treat, and Jack the Pumpkin Czar shows up for a special visit.

Throughout the evening, you can collect both Candy and Lollipops from your villagers. Then by exchanging them back to other villagers or Jack, a variety of exclusive Halloween themed furniture items and clothing can be unlocked — including the incredible Spooky Carriage!

Learn everything you need to know about the Halloween Night event with Jack on October 31st with our complete guide here.

Unlock Two Halloween Reactions

Participating in the Halloween Night event on October 31st with Jack can unlock you two special Halloween themed reactions as well called Haunt and Scare. This is the only way to unlock them, so don’t miss out if you haven’t already got both!

Unlock Halloween Cosmetics With Nook Miles

The month of October is a great time to unlock two sets of character customization options perfectly fit for the Halloween season!

Found inside of the Nook Miles section of the Nook Stop Terminal, the following unlocks can’t be missed:

  • Body-Paint Costume Tips for 2,400 Nook Miles
  • Exploring New Eye Colors for 2,400 Nook Miles

After being unlocked, you can customize your character into the new style options by using a mirror or vanity furniture item at any time.

Fall October Fishing Tourney Event

The Fall 2022 Fishing Tourney event will take place on Saturday, October 8th, 2022 in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. (2021: Oct 9th; 2023: Oct 14th) During this event, special character C.J. visits your island hosting a competitive fishing tournament where you can compete to catch the most fish from your island’s ocean, rivers, and ponds under a three minute timer!

Depending on how many fish you manage to catch, C.J. will award you a number of event points. These points can be exchanged for a variety of fish-themed prizes like the Fish Doorplate, Fish Pochette, Fish Rug, and Fresh Cooler.

Notably, there’s a special Nook Miles achievement for joining every season’s tourney, so be sure to partake if you haven’t participated in all four seasons yet.

New Bugs, Fish, and Sea Creatures To Catch

Just like any other new month in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the current selection of bugs, fish, and sea creatures available to catch on your island has been rotated for October starting today.

Some of these critter changes are simply returning creatures that disappeared for a few months, while others are brand new and haven’t been seen for many months since the spring or earlier.

New Bugs, Fish, Sea Creatures In October

Unfortunately for folks in the Northern Hemisphere, this month is a rather uneventful change with only six different creatures. Look out for the Spiny Lobster and Venus’ Flower Basket in particular!

On the Southern Hemisphere side, things are a bit more notable with a wide assortment of Spring creatures where you can keep a watch for the Atlas MothAgrias ButterflySnapping TurtleLobster, and more.

For a complete list of New Bugs, Fish, and Sea Creatures to catch in October for both hemispheres, check out our complete guide here!

Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for everything on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including our extensive Guides section here. Our most popular pages include Redd Art, Halloween Spooky Set Items, Halloween Night Event, Acorns & Pine Cones DIYFishing Tourney Event, October CreaturesBush Types & ColorsVillager Houses, Sea CreaturesK.K. Slider Songs.

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